It’s German festival season! As mentioned earlier in my Oktoberfest and German Folk Festivals post, mid-September to mid-October is prime festival season here in Germany. This year Oktoberfest ran from September 19 – October 4. Approximately 5.9 million visitors attended the 182nd annual Oktoberfest over its 16-day run and consumed a whopping 7.7 million litres of beer. (Check out this hilarious roundup of items left behind at Oktoberfest this year).
The Cannstatter Wasen festival (which debuted on September 25) is still in full swing here in Stuttgart. S and I went to the festival last Friday which happened to be a beautiful sunny afternoon. We were excited to wear our Dirndl and Lederhosen for the first time here in Germany. (On our way to the Wasen, we stopped by the bank in our small village to withdraw some cash for the festival. Only in southern Germany can you walk into a bank in full Dirndl and Lederhosen outfits without anyone blinking an eye).
We were joined by other Tracht wearers at the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (main station) and hopped onto the S-Bahn to Bad Cannstatt, the location (and namesake) of the festival. We were hungry when we arrived and with the memory of my epic Langos from the Stuttgart Spring Festival in my mind, I quickly set about finding a stand selling the deep fried Hungarian flatbread. On the S-Bahn ride, I asked S if he’d ever seen a strawberry Nutella Langos because that’s exactly what I was craving. Lucky for me, they did have one but with cream cheese, too! It was to die for – let’s just say I would go back to the Wasen in a heartbeat for another one of these…
We spent the rest of our time at the Wasen strolling around, buying freshly-roasted candied almonds and chocolate-covered fruit on a stick, and peeking into a beer tent. We didn’t have tickets for a table, but we were curious to see what all the fuss was about since they’re the main attraction at the Wasen. Now I can see why! Everyone was in a good mood, singing, drinking, scarfing down roasted chickens and dancing on the table tops.
We didn’t go on any rides (the ferris wheel was 6 Euros each – eep!) but we had fun all the same.
Rides galore at the Cannstatter Wasen festival in Stuttgart! #Stuttgart #Germany A photo posted by Kaffee und Kuchen (@kaffeeundkuchenblog) on
I have to say, it really was more fun attending the festival wearing a Dirndl and Lederhosen – we felt a lot more in the spirit than we did when we went 2 years ago in our regular clothes.
The Cannstatter Wasen runs until Sunday, October 11 in Stuttgart so there’s still time to go!
How to get there: To get there with public transit, take the S1, S2 or S3 S-Bahn services or the R1, R2, R3 or R8 trains to the Bad Cannstatt station. You can also take the U1, U2, U3 or U19 U-Bahn services to the Haltestelle Bad Cannstatt Wilhelmsplatz or the U11 (special service) to Cannstatter Wasen. For more information, visit the Cannstatter Wasen homepage.
Have you been to the Cannstatter Wasen or another autumn festival?